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Landing by Olivia Hawker

By Pamelascott

Doubt plagues a new marriage when a young NASA engineer focuses more on the Apollo 11 moon landing than his own future in this poignant short story by bestselling author Olivia Hawker.

Alan is able to imagine every way critical equipment might break during the launch and landing of Apollo 11. But his experience in preventing cosmic disasters does nothing to prepare him for the pressures of a hasty marriage to a woman he barely knows-or the strain of keeping up appearances amid the shifting social attitudes of the late '60s. When a crisis at home forces Alan back to earth, he's faced with a choice he doesn't know how to make: whether to let go or move forward.

Olivia Hawker's Landing is part of A Point in Time, a transporting collection of stories about the pivotal moments, past and present, that change lives. Read or listen to each immersive story in a single sitting.


Ian knew he'd gone and done it when he stumbled out of his car in the crowded parking lot of Saint Teresa's and there was George Doherty, who would be Alan's father-in-law a few hours from now, waiting for him in the glaring June sunlight.


(Amazon Original Stories, 28 July 2022, ebook, 34 pages, borrowed from @AmazonKindle, #PrimeReading, A Point in Time #3)



I really enjoyed Landing. I've never read fiction set around this era so this was a nice change for me. Like other stories in this collection, I felt like I was reading something much longer than a scant 34 pages. I liked the fact the story focused on a personal experience of someone who was part of the Apollo 11 team rather than a wider-arching story. It was nice and intimate.

Landing Olivia Hawker

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